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Master Thesis

Phylogeography of xeric shrubland and desert flora

Covering about one fifth of the world’s surface, deserts and xeric shrublands form the largest terrestrial biome – a biome in which flora and fauna had to find a way how to cope with extreme temperature fluctuations and low water availability. Despite such inhospitable environments, arid flora is comparatively diverse and it has been suggested that it developed along a similar evolutionary trajectory. Unfortunately, rapid radiations and with it associated biological phenomena have thus far precluded rigorous testing of this hypothesis. Students interested in this topic will be given a chance to investigate phylogeographic patterns of individual keystone species of these regions by using different NGS molecular approaches, and different phylogeographic pipelines and clustering methods.





Dr. Anže Žerdoner Čalasan
Systematik, Biodiversität & Evolution der Pflanzen
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München
Phone: +49 89 17861-285